Inle Lake to Yangon

Inle Lake to Yangon

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Nyaung Shwe Odyssey JJ, Inle Lake
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16:05
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From Nyaung Shwe Elite Express to Yangon by Buses

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From Aye Tharyar Highway Bus to Yangon by Buses

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From Nyaung Shwe Bagan Minthar to Yangon by Buses

18:00
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From Nyaung Shwe Odyssey JJ to Yangon by Buses

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From Heho Airport to Yangon by Flights

09:25
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
10:35
RGN Yangon Airport
#K7217 Economy
09:25
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
10:35
RGN Yangon Airport
#8M4217 Economy
09:30
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
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RGN Yangon Airport
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09:30
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
10:40
RGN Yangon Airport
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
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RGN Yangon Airport
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10:05
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
11:20
RGN Yangon Airport
#UB261 Economy
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
11:30
RGN Yangon Airport
#UB261 Economy
10:35
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
11:50
RGN Yangon Airport
#UB261 Economy
11:30
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
12:45
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#UB220 Economy
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
15:55
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#K7823 Economy
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
16:15
RGN Yangon Airport
#UB218 Economy
15:20
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
16:30
RGN Yangon Airport
#UB218 Economy
15:25
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
16:40
RGN Yangon Airport
#UB218 Economy
15:30
HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
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RGN Yangon Airport
#UB214 Economy
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HEH Heho Airport, Taunggyi
16:50
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#UB258 Economy
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17:55
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#UB206 Economy

Inle Lake to Yangon Schedule

Inle Lake to Yangon Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Air KBZ Economy #K721709:25 - 10:35$ 130.90
Air Thanlwin Economy #YH91809:40 - 10:50$ 108.90
Elite Express Executive 09:00 - 20:00$ 15
Air KBZ Economy #K782314:45 - 15:55$ 130.90
Air KBZ Economy #K782916:05 - 17:15$ 130.90
Air Thanlwin Economy #YH73117:15 - 18:25$ 108.90
Mandalar Minn Express VIP 27 17:30 - 06:00$ 21
Elite Express Business 19:00 - 06:00$ 21
Mandalar Minn Express Economy 45 18:30 - 07:00$ 16
JJ Express VIP 18:00 - 06:00$ 23

How to get from Inle Lake to Yangon

There are three main starting points for your journey to Yangon from the Inle Lake area: Nyaungshwe village, where the bulk of the accommodation geared towards visitors is located; Shwenyaung, 13 km north of Nyaungshwe; Taunggyi, a town 30 km northeast of Nyaungshwe; and Heho, which is the closest airport for Inle Lake. Travelling by bus, train and plane is possible, though the length and the cost of your journey can vary tremendously. Before buying your ticket to Yangon, read the information below to choose the means of transport which suits you best.

Flights from Inle Lake to Yangon

The airport for Inle Lake is located in Heho. A taxi from Nyaungshwe to Heho should cost MMK15,000/USD11. The ride takes about one hour, and flying time to Yangon is one hour 10 minutes.

Flying is the fastest and most comfortable way to travel in Myanmar, especially taking into account the road conditions which till relatively recently have had much to be desired and the slow pace of the trains in Myanmar. Fly in the ointment in case with flights is the exaggerated cost of the tickets. Regardless the number of domestic companies which serve the route between Heho and Yangon and supporting over a dozen daily flights, prices do not drop much lower than MMK200,000/USD150, and as a great chunk of this amount goes directly to governmental pockets competition is not encouraged.

In Yangon, Yangon International airport lies 17 km north from the Central Railway Station. It is not served by public transport – in the sense that no bus or train comes right up to the terminal building, but you still can get to the city by bus or train though some walking or a short ride is necessary. Bus N51 goes from Sel Maing Kone bus stop to Suli Paya. The bus stop is about 2.5 km from the terminal building. A ride costs MMK200 or MMK300 only. The closest to the airport circular train station, Pa Ywet Seik Kone, is about 2 km far. The train costs MMK100 and brings you to the Central Railway station. The official taxi rate from the airport is MMK8.000/USD8.

From Inle Lake to Yangon by train

The closest to Inle Lake and Nyaungshwe train station is located in Shwenyaung. There is one direct train a day from Shwenyaung to Yangon; it is train #142 leaving Shwenyaung at 8am and arriving to Yangon at 2.40pm the next day, taking in total almost 30 hours. It is slow, painfully slow, and it also makes a three-hour stop at the interchange station of Thazi – though you do not need to change trains in this case.

There are no sleepers in train #142 – choose between ordinary class seats and upper class seats. If bought from Myanmar, upper class seats should cost about MMK15,000/USD11, and ordinary class seats normally sell at half the price. Buying from abroad, be ready to pay double price for the same tickets.

Note Though there is a whole wealth of travel agencies in Nyaungshwe catering virtually for all possible travel needs, they neither book nor sell train tickets. If you want to travel by train, arrange your trip online or go directly to Shwenyaung train station to (try to) buy tickets on the spot.

Note also that though travelling by train looks like quite a budget friendly way to get to Yangon, it is far from being comfortable.

There is another option to travel from Inle Lake to Yangon by train which requires slightly less time. Train #142 remains the only one you can take to get from Shwenyaung to Thazi, so leave Shwenyaung at 8am – you will reach Thazi by 7pm the same day. In Thazi you can in theory catch train #4 which departs at 7.49pm – in less than an hour from the moment you arrive to Thazi from Inle Lake.

Three main reasons to connect via Thazi are:
1) Train #4 along with ordinary and upper class seats has sleeping carriages, too.
2) Train #4 takes 12 hours to get from Thazi to Yangon while train #142 needs almost 17!
3) Train #4 leaves Thazi two hours before than train #142 does thus cutting 7 hours of your total travel time.

The main concern though is that you can miss this connection. Trains in Myanmar normally do stick to their schedule but it is still quite possible that on that very day of your travel #142 by some reason will come to Thazi an hour later. Anyway, you can always continue your journey on the same train #142, so the risks are not too high.

From Inle Lake to Yangon by bus

The two main locations in the Inle Lake area to hop onto a Yangon-bound bus are Nyaungshwe and Taunggyi. Nyaungshwe is obviously a more preferable one as buses depart from close to guesthouses and hotels – the village does not even have a proper bus station.

Buses take about 12 hours to reach Yangon, and a certain stretch of the route is quite winding – come prepared and be ready to find your fellow passengers vomiting all around you – we are not joking!

Tip: Having some warm clothes at hand while travelling by bus in Myanmar is a matter of survival: air-conditioning is excessive and blankets provided on night trips do not help much.

Depending on the type of the bus tickets may cost from MMK16,000/USD12 to MMK30,000/USD22. VIP night buses depart between 5pm and 7pm. There is at least one daytime bus at 9am but unless you are strongly against night trips or have to get to Yangon by all means this very day, it is not a good choice.

Tip: Buses from Inle Lake to Yangon normally pass via Bago (10 hours; tickets normally cost the same as the full fare to Yangon). Ask your driver to drop you off there (in Bago proper if your bus calls to the city or at the highway where you can flag down some transport to Kunpin if the Golden Rock (Mount Kyaiktiyo) is on your list.

Why go to Yangon

Till relatively recently Yangon has been the only gateway to the country for any international visitor. Now there are international flights to Mandalay and a number of border crossings with Thailand are open to foreigners, too. Yet the former capital of Myanmar, Yangon, remains a must-visit stop on every Burmese travel itinerary. A melting pot of cultures, Yangon experienced and absorbed British, Indian and Chinese influences. Their traces can be found in rich though dilapidating colonial architecture, leafy boulevards, busy markets and Burmese curries. One of the most exotic cities in South East Asia, Yangon conquers hearts with its colourful mix of golden pagodas, exotic garments of the locals and sincere smiles showing blood-red teeth busy with chewing betel nut. Though a couple of years ago a lot of restrictions concerning foreign tourists have been done away with and you will no longer get a compulsory Internet detox while visiting Yangon and the rest of the country, there are relatively few international visitors around. Visit now until it is too late!

Onward travel from Yangon

Yangon obviously has great transport connections with both Mandalay and Bagan, but it makes no sense to get to Yangon from Inle Lake to continue your journey to either of them: go directly from Inle Lake to Mandalay or from Inle Lake to Bagan instead.

Destinations southeast of Yangon, including Mawlamyine and Thaton can be reached either by bus or train; there is even a daily flight to Mawlamyine now taking 40 minutes but costing MMK200,000/USD150. From either of the cities you can then head by bus to Hpa-An for some relaxed sightseeing or to Myawaddy on the border with Thailand, cross the border and continue your journey around Thailand from Mae Sot.

Transportation from Inle Lake to Yangon

Inle Lake to Yangon destination reviews

BA
Bus Business, Elite Express, Feb 9, 2020
Why the bus stop and we have to walk?
VF
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 29, 2020
Bus was nice but roads are shit ! So ut is still hard to sleep well
TH
Bus Executive, Elite Express, Jan 27, 2020
Good trip . Bus has very comfortable seats, The drivers are very friendly . Several stops .Only the aircondition always on .. think of taking a jumper with you !
EA
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 26, 2020
The booking via 12go Asia was very simple. Only the confirmation took some time... the trip itself: Outstanding service personal and all in all - nice bus, comfortable seats, dinner provided and even a transfer bus to downtown. It was the best choice taking the JJ bus to Yangon.
JM
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 18, 2020
The bus was in very good condition and the driving was also good (only that the roads are really in bad condition). No sockets, just a USB port that charges your phone very slow. English of the conductor/ driver is bad that it confuses the passengers.
KD
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jan 6, 2020
Comfortable trip. Helpful and attentive staff.
JF
Bus Executive, Elite Express, Dec 30, 2019
Executive does not equal VIP. I learned this the hard way. 11.5 hours on a 4 seat across bus with no entertainment was painful. People were nice and driver was safe.
AP
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Nov 14, 2019
The price Is the same than JJ express VIP,but this Is more old,likes like dirty,unconfortable seats and without TV.But you have toilet in the bus.
BS
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Nov 1, 2019
Dinner was included and slotted into a driving break. Food was very good for a simple meal. Only blemish was uneven braking around bends in the hills.
LY
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Sep 8, 2019
12 hours journey. They provide a main course for dinner(fried chicken rice/fried noodle/rice). Everything just comfort as previous. Recommended!!!
JP
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Aug 15, 2019
Nice trip , ac very cold
LR
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Jul 17, 2019
It was too cold in the bus; otherwise nice
TC
Bus VIP 27, Mandalar Minn Express, Apr 29, 2019
A lot of stops in the middle of the night and I, and 2 other random passengers, were very nauseous with the windy roads on the way back down. So: - If you get carsick I do not recommend taking this bus BACK to Yangon. Going up was fine however. - All staff was super friendly and helpful in giving English instructions to us. Took care of me when I was sick too. - Food is simply a sweet jam bun, super sweet french toast, an orange soft drink and plenty of water. - Entertainment is limited to about 20 movies. Overall a good trip for my boyfriend and I, minus the carsickness.
JR
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Apr 25, 2019
Good seats, but when person in front of you reclines leaves you with very little room and hard to watch screen. A couple of breaks, but they say 10 minutes, but the staff return after 45? Staff were helpful. Got dropped off for downtown, then taxi for 10,000 into downtown.
SN
Bus Economy 45, Mandalar Minn Express, Apr 7, 2019
Very comfortable Bus with good facilities like charging port, water , blanket.
NM
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Mar 25, 2019
Comfy bus journey!was surprised to be served dinner as well. Bus managed to arrive before stipulated time
WS
Bus VIP, JJ Express, Mar 11, 2019
Clean and confortable
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